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Daruvala wins first Asian F3 race of weekend at Abu Dhabi

by Josh Suttill

Photo: F3 Asian Championship

Jehan Daruvala got his Asian Formula 3 title assault back on track as he beat fellow Formula 1 junior Guanyu Zhou to victory in race one at Yas Marina Circuit.

Mumbai Falcons’ Daruvala suffered a difficult opening round at Dubai Autodrome which left him seventh in the points. The Red Bull junior responded with pole for race one in Abu Dhabi and converted it into a measured lights-to-flag victory.

He faced a challenge from Isack Hadjar into Turn 1 on the opening lap, but Hadjar picked the dusty inside line which left him vulnerable to Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Zhou.

Zhou picked off Hadjar a couple of corners later to move into second place. The top three were separated by two seconds for the majority of the race, but Zhou and Hadjar were unable to make a serious challenge on Daruvala.

Zhou came under intense pressure from Hadjar at the end of the race but survived a big lock-up to take his third podium of the year, which allows the Alpine Formula 1 junior to extend his points lead.

Evans GP’s Hadjar continued his impressive Regional F3 graduation with his second podium of the season, and his fastest lap was just 0.006 seconds shy of beating Daruvala to race two pole.

Ferrari junior Dino Beganovic was on course to claim fourth but his car went up in smoke on the final lap of the race.

Formula Regional European Championship race-winner Patrik Pasma earned his best result of the season in fourth for Evans GP, ahead of Pinnacle Motorsport’s race three poleman Pierre-Louis Chovet, who dropped to sixth after a failed overtaking attempt on Beganovic in the opening stages but moved back into fifth after Beganovic’s late-race heartbreak.

Roman Stanek claimed his first points of the year in sixth place ahead of his Hitech GP team-mate, F2 driver Roy Nissany.

BlackArts Racing’s Cem Bolukbasi finished eighth, while Hitech duo Ayumu Iwasa and Reece Ushijima rounded out the top 10.

F2-bound Alessio Deledda collided with BRDC British F3 driver Roberto Faria on the opening lap. Pinnacle’s Deledda retied while Motorscape’s Faria finished down in 16th.

Race results (16 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Jehan Daruvala Mumbai Falcons 30m23.367s
2 Guanyu Zhou Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +3.185s
3 Isack Hadjar Evans GP +4.807s
4 Patrik Pasma Evans GP +11.344s
5 Pierre-Louis Chovet Pinnacle Motorsport +12.192s
6 Roman Stanek Hitech GP +21.320s
7 Roy Nissany Hitech GP +22.532s
8 Cem Bolukbasi BlackArts Racing +25.466s
9 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +27.676s
10 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +32.405s
11 Lorenzo Fluxa BlackArts Racing +34.682s
12 Kush Maini Mumbai Falcons +35.655s
13 Casper Stevenson Evans GP +36.998s
14 Nicola Marinangeli Motorscape +45.701s
15 Alexandre Bardinon Pinnacle Motorsport +47.926s
16 Roberto Faria Motorscape +54.156s
17 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +56.474s
18 Matthias Luethen Pinnacle Motorsport +57.207s
19 Irina Sidorkova Evans GP +1m05.518s
20 Rafael Villagomez BlackArts Racing +1m09.252s
21 Dino Beganovic Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +1 lap
Ret Alessio Deledda Pinnacle Motorsport
Fastest lap: Daruvala, 1m53.432s

Championship standings
1 Zhou 68   2 Chovet 59   3 Daruvala 52   4 Beganovic 46   5 Nissany 43   6 Hadjar 46   7 Iwasa 30   8 Bolukbasi 16   9 Pasma 15   10 Ushijima 10